Paddling for early risers
Stand up paddling (SUP) on the Engadine lakes is a perfect start to the day. As far as water sports are concerned, the summer days on the Engadine lakes are determined by the wind. When the weather is nice and warm, the Maloja wind blows from midday. This divides the day in half. The morning half is mostly windless and therefore ideal for stand up paddling. Get up and go straight down to the lake. A short walk of 15 minutes and the guests of the Crystal Hotel are already standing on their boards. Enchanting: a surface as smooth as glass, the first sunbeams and silence on the water.
From midday, when the Maloja wind starts, it gets too rough for paddlers on the water, and it’s better to stow the SUP board away. But those who have enjoyed the morning silence are probably already sipping a coffee somewhere.
The SUP experience on Lake Sils is probably the most impressive. To paddle on the quiet waters of the largest lake in the Grisons, with your eyes fixed on the Piz da la Margna, is a deeply moving sporting experience – being active in harmony with nature. We recommend the lakeside opposite the road, with the idyllic bays of the Chastè peninsula, the small Chaviolas island and the Isola delta. Don't forget: as soon as the water begins to ripple, it's time to go back because these are the unmistakable signs that the Maloja wind is up.
summer season June to September
both Lake St. Moritz and Lake Sils.
Sailing Club St. Moritz – Via Grevas 34, St. Moritz. A 15-minute walk from the Crystal Hotel
Windsurfing Silvaplana, Stradun Chantunel 4, Silvaplana. 10 minutes by car from the Crystal Hotel, 23 minutes by public transport.